Here come the Hawks !!
A busy weekend for Ultimate Windows sponsored Billingham Stars gets underway Saturday as the Stars take the long road trip to Shropshire to take on the Telford Titans in the NIHL 1 (Moralee conference).
Stars return to KD Flavell Northern Cup home ice action tomorrow night when their visitors are current play off champions the Blackburn Hawks.
Stars Head Coach Terry Ward has warned his players not to take anything for granted when they meet bottom of the table Telford later today, he warns ;
“Telford have had a howler of a start to the season, eventually they will get a result that turns heads, I have said to the guys let’s make sure it’s not against us”.
“Telford never travel very well and that can lure teams into thinking they are a pushover, Telford at Telford is not an easy fixture”.
The Titans are yet to pick up a point after 6 league games and have only scored 10 goals to date whilst conceding 64 at the other end.
Stars sit at the top of the table after last weekendâ€™s fantastic defeat of the Solway Sharks. Billingham manager Allen Flavell this week said it was the best example of the Billingham players standing up for each other that he can remember;
“Last season a couple of teams out muscled us and at times got the better side of us through physical play, after Sundays performance against the Sharks I don’t think that’s something we will see this season”.
“Garry Dowd did what you expect your blue liners to do and that is defend your zone, but Garry showed no hesitation in standing up for his line mates, he certainly brings another dimension to our game”.
“If any new fans were at the forum last Sunday night, I am sure they will have enjoyed a fantastic game and hopefully returning for more”.
The Stars will be looking to turn around a 3 -2 Northern Cup defeat at the hands Blackburn when the Hawks visit the Tees Active Forum Ice Arena on Sunday night. Terry Ward praised his sideâ€™s performance at Blackburn in their opening cup game;
‘We travelled six senior players short, everyone did a good job, but it was some of the younger players who stood out. I don’t think anyone would argue that we deserved to bring a point home from that trip. We kept it very tight, a scoreless first, followed by a one goal each second period meant we were in the game until the third”.
Blackburn remain the only team in the NIHL 1 with a 100% winning record having gone unbeaten only conceding 2 goals in three league outings and are also unbeaten in the Northern Cup.
Billingham will be without long term injury Anthony Price and added Martin Davies to the casualty list in last weekendâ€™s win over Solway Sharks.
Tickets for Sunday nightâ€™s game go on sale at 5.30pm Adults Â£7.50, Kids and concessionsÂ Â£5,Family ticket Â£22.